St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 21, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team had seven student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) all-association honors, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Sophomore linebacker Jarrod Huther, senior defensive lineman Nick Leduc, senior cornerback Nate Lowis and senior offensive guard Michael Mehaffy highlighted the honorees by picking up first-team honors. Sophomore punter/quarterback Johnny Davidson and senior defensive lineman Jared Lake earned honorable-mention accolades.
In addition, freshman wide receiver/punt returner Nick Cione was named the UAA Rookie of the Year. Cione is the fourth student-athlete in school history to earn the honor.
Huther started eight games and led team with 86 tackles. He ranked first in the UAA and 26th in NCAA Division III in tackles per game (10.8). Huther Recorded 10 or more tackles in six of eight games played, including a career-high 16 tackles and 1.5 for loss vs. Chicago. He was also fifth in the UAA in sacks (3.5), and earned UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 11.
Leduc started five of nine games played while recording 39 tackles, a team-high 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was first in the UAA in sacks and tackles for loss. Leduc tied a career-high with seven tackles vs. Chicago and at Washington and Lee. He also had a career-high 2.5 sacks vs. Chicago. Leduc concluded his career with 97 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.
Lowis, a two-time first-team all-UAA selection, started seven of eight games played. He made 23 tackles with six pass break-ups. Lowis recorded a season-high six tackles vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater. He had 129 tackles, 18 pass break-ups and six interceptions in 37 career games.
Mehaffy started all nine games at left guard for WashU in 2017. The Bears' offense averaged 27.2 points and 390.4 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of nine games played. WashU also led the UAA in passing offense (274.8).
Davidson ranked second in the UAA and fourth in NCAA Division III in punting average (41.9). He punted 37 times for 1,550 yards with a career-best 73-yarder at Washington and Lee. Davidson was a two-time D3football.com Team of the Week and UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week selection. The Bears' punt team ranked seventh in NCAA Division III (37.76).
Davidson also earned honorable-mention honors at quarterback after starting the final seven games. He completed 195-of-295 pass attempts for 2,035 yards and 16 touchdowns. Davidson also ran the ball for 288 yards and three TDs. He ranked first in the UAA in completion percentage (66.1) and second in passing yards per game (226.1). Davidson threw for a career-high 380 yards and four touchdowns vs. Bridgewater.
Lake, a two-time all-UAA selection, started all nine games and recorded 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He made a season-high six tackles on three occasions. Lake had 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his career.
Cione led the team and was seventh in the UAA in all purpose yards per game (69.0). He had 18 punt returns for 224 yards, which ranked second in the conference and 21st in NCAA Division III punt return average (12.4). Cione was also third on the team with 28 receptions for 316 yards (11.3 avg.). He had a career-high six receptions for 65 yards and a TD vs. Bridgewater.